Team

Alan Kearns Alan Kearns
Head Coach and Founder
Alan Kearns, Canada's Career Coach, CareerJoy founder and author of Get the Right Job Right Now! is one of Canada's leading authorities on career management issues. As founder, president and head coach of Canada's career coaching company, Alan has shaped his almost 20 years of career management experience into a company that helps both individuals and organizations including Scouts Canada, RCMP, Deloitte, Subaru Canada, Calgary Flames, Health Canada & other leading Canadian employers navigate a variety of career-related issues.
Having been educated as an optician, Alan himself made a career transition when he leapt into the recruitment field and founded TalentLab, a recruitment agency. A few years later when he recognized that professionals need unbiased advice and tools to manage their careers, he founded CareerJoy.
Voted one of the Top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40, Alan is a regular contributor to Canadian media on the latest trends in the Canadian workforce, he has been on a number of shows including, Till Debt Do U$ Part, Princess, Canada AM, BT, The National & The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. He is the career expert on the O Network reality show - Million Dollar Neighbourhood.  As host of the country's top rated career Podcast, CareerJoy Conversations, he interviews high-profile career gurus, ranging from John Stanton, founder of The Running Room, to Jim Citrin, best-selling author of The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers.
Alan is a highly sought after guest speaker at organizations and conferences in Canada, where he enlightens employers and employees on all topics related to professionals and their careers.

Alan's goal is:  Work. Made better.

You can connect with Alan on Linkedin and Twitter

Lara Creber
Lara Creber 
Director, Client Development
Over fifteen years of human resources and client relationship management experience. Mainly within the human resources industry, including all staffing and recruitment functions, training, coaching and development of new employees, leadership, human resources administration and quality control. Lara's strong interpersonal skills, combined with commitment and ability to follow through on projects has been integral in retaining and growing relationships with key clientele.

Jill KirsonJill Kirson - MA, Ed.S
Director, Toronto | Mississauga
CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
Jill has a doctorate level degree (Ed.S) in Community Counseling as well as an MA in Community Counseling and an MA in International Development.  Jill has spent almost two decades as both a career counsellor/coach and a HR professional working in Universities, government agencies and in the private sector in both Canada and the United States.  Her extensive career includes working as both a career counsellor at noted universities, including Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, The George Washington University, and American University and as an internal recruiter and career coach for Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, LLP, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.   As an HR professional, her expertise includes recruiting, talent management and training and development.  Coaching individuals who seek assistance in finding an authentic and meaningful career and life has been Jill’s most recent focus.

George Muenz - CCDP
Branch Manager
CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
George has over 30 years of business experience both as an entrepreneur and leader in the high technology sector. He has led sales teams in the fast-paced Internet start-ups sector to management positions in Operations, HR and Business Development. George has worked with companies from Fortune 100 to start-ups for their recruitment and staffing needs. In addition, he has personally hired hundreds of staff for employers such as IBM, PWC, Telus and other small to medium size companies. George was Director of Sales and VP Business Development for NetNation, a then publicly traded company on NASDAQ. Employees and management have described George as decisive and leading by example.

 
Catherine HajnalCatherine Hajnal - Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Comm
Director Vancouver
CareerJoy Certified Career & Resume Coach
Catherine brings a coaching and teaching approach grounded in self-knowing, empowerment, resilience and broad-based life skills development. Her experience teaching in highly respected business schools has made her an expert in active learning and program design and helped her hone her philosophy of designing learning and growth environments to spark in-depth personal reflection and self-connection.  With an educational background encompassing commerce, industrial engineering and life skills degrees and diplomas, and a career which has placed her in a series of crucial decision-making positions, Catherine has developed a unique insight into business processes and personal achievement. She strives to share her expertise with her clients to assist them in marrying career success with personal fulfillment.

David Sigler has been creating innovative products for over 30 years, with an emphasis in knowledge management and e-learning. He is an experienced CEO, COO, CTO, CLO and CFO, and has extensive experience in product management, project management, financial management, software development 
and marketing in industries as diverse as telecommunications, IT, cloud computing, management consulting, market research, education and the environment. 
  
David is currently a business coach, mentor, and workshop designer and facilitator. David focuses on helping organizations launch new initiatives with a particular emphasis on leveraging opportunities available on the Internet. During his time at Learnsoft, David was a senior manager and board member while taking the company public and launching Canada’s first purely online university. In addition to his role overseeing the technology powering the online university, David was at the forefront of setting up corporate universities, 
packaging and selling knowledge products and services to the private sector.
  
David was Chief Learning Officer at Alcatel University, successfully launching the Alcatel Canada corporate university (one of 14 universities within Alcatel). In addition, David designed and delivered a more effective learning methodology that was used within Alcatel. While David has spent the majority of his time in the private sector, he has experience in the non-profit world and consulting to government. 

Sandra Bobkin Sandra Bobkin - M.Ed., BScN, RN, ACPC, PCC  
CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
Sandra has more than 15 years of private and public sector experience in a variety of learning, leadership and management roles. This includes service in the retail, financial and health care industries. Sandra coaches executives, newly appointed leaders and professionals who seek to expand their influence repertoire and pursue their professional goals. Her coaching has focused on leadership and team development, effective communication, emotional intelligence, career transition and 360 feedback results.  Sandra Bobkin holds a Masters in Adult Education and Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science, with a specialty in psychiatry and has a Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching Federation. She has used her expertise in psychology, neuroscience and leadership to help professionals understand their behavioural impact as it applies to relationships and performance both at work and in life.

 
Peggy Shkuda Peggy Shkuda - BA, M.Ed 
CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
Peggy has enjoyed a 20 year career in the Canadian television industry. Now working with CareerJoy, Peggy provides career coaching and professional development for professionals who are looking to make a meaningful transition in their lives. Peggy brings to her position years of academic training in the counseling field. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy (University of Toronto) and she has an M.Ed from OISE in the Counseling Psychology Program for Community and Educational Settings. Her post-graduate studies were primarily focused on career and solution-focused counseling.

Kim has over 20 years of corporate experience training and coaching clients including RBC Financial, TD Bank Financial Group, Purolator, HSBC Securities, Standard Life, ACS and Buck Consultants and Aviva Canada. She has been an instructor and trainer at Seneca College. As a stress management and life skills coach Kim implements wellness programs and challenges clients to be aware of their current patterns and initiate a new way of being that brings them lasting success. She is passionate about serving others and helping individuals and organizations facilitate changes and she brings a holistic approach to change and personal development. 

Emily koolenEmily Koolen - CHRP, BA Psychology
Director | CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
Emily is an energetic, outgoing person who loves to challenge and be challenged both in her career and her life.  Her extensive background in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Consulting spans various sectors and industries. Emily has advised, coached and engaged all levels of employees, including senior executives, to develop and change and has built, from the ground up, several human resources departments and organizations in the process. Emily completed her Bachelors in Psychology at Queen’s University and then went on to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from Humber College.  She holds the Certified Human Resources Professional designation and is very involved in local and provincial Human Resources groups. She is an active volunteer with various organizations in her community and treasures her time with her two kids and husband who make her smile every day.

Nicola LeeNicola Lee -  B.Ed, M.Ed.
CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
Nicola has always been a motivator-at-heart. With her Bachelors of Education and Masters degree, Nicola has been teaching for over 9 years in post-secondary education and has been involved in Career Coaching for 6 years. Originally from Northern Ireland, Nicola got her first taste of Canada while completing a teacher exchange from Belfast to Saskatoon. From there on in, Nicola was hooked on exploring new adventures, new surroundings, and new careers; she volunteered in India and Costa Rica and worked as a computer programmer in the Hi-Tech Industry for 5 years in Dublin, Saskatoon and Calgary, in telecommunications, and oil and gas. However, her love for encouraging people brought her back to teaching at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary...and to CareerJoy.

Suzanne TurpinSuzanne Turpin - B.Sc., M. Occupational Therapy
CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
Suzanne earned her Professional Masters in Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1999.  Her experience as an occupational therapist was largely devoted to Vocational Evaluation, particularly for individuals experiencing career transitions as a result of injury, illness, or for the purpose of exploring more meaningful career options.  Given this experience, Suzanne has gained a wide breadth of knowledge of various assessment tools and methods in order to create unique profiles that include individual educational and employment histories, transferable skills, interests, values, aptitudes, and strengths and abilities.  While working closely with her clients, such profiles were viewed within the context of relevant labour market conditions and trends in order to assist her clients in setting realistic career goals.

Kevin Schafer - BASc, CCS
CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
Kevin was a Project Manager with Nortel Ottawa when, in the midst of massive lay-offs, he was handed his “opportunity” for a career transition after 16-years of service. While it was the end of an era, he embraced the change. “I had to hide the grin on my face when they were breaking the news to me," he recalls. I saw this as an opportunity to explore some different avenues and possibly try something new and exciting”. With some career coaching and plenty of self-exploration, Kevin decided to leave the hi-tech industry behind. Following his passion, he founded a music agency. As a music manager and agent, Kevin discovered that his skills are directly transferable to CareerJoy. As a career coach, he continues to explore the passions of our clients and has particular skill when it comes to writing bios and marketing skills.
As a grade school teacher, Priscilla knew she wasn’t standing in her passion. After many twists and turns, she finally found a path that brings her excitement and challenges. With a background in education and psychology, Priscilla brings the skills and knowledge she has acquired through the years into her sessions when coaching clients. She believes that in order to find a fulfilling career – it is important to: improve one’s personal well-being; identify the answers to questions that might be creating confusion; and, to push aside and overcome fears and personal obstacles.

Jodi HoskingJodi Hosking - BA 
Director, Guelph
CareerJoy Certified Coach
Jodi is an experienced coach and HR professional with an extensive business and entrepreneurial background that includes a wealth of recruiting and talent management experience. As a coach, she loves asking probing questions that help her clients connect to what truly matters in their careers. Her engaging manner and highly developed communication skills allow her to establish trust, rapport and productive relationships with clients at all stages of their career.

Carleen HicksCarleen Hicks - BA
CareerJoy Certified Coach
Carleen has over 13 years of experience as a senior Human Resource professional working with business and leadership teams from start-ups to large corporations. Her outgoing nature quickly builds an easy rapport with people, which serves her well working on complex problems that require collaboration and trust. During her career, Carleen has advised, mentored or coached individuals from a variety of backgrounds and roles, including executives. Her belief in potential (both within individuals and organizations) is what lead her to continue her education in the field of Human Resources after she completed her BC at the University of Manitoba. Through continued professional development Carleen has taken on successively more complex HR roles throughout her career, allowing her to be a part of building strong organizations. Carleen enjoys an active lifestyle that includes half-marathons to keep up with her busy family.  

Debora Dekok
CareerJoy Certified Analyst and Resume Coach

Two things Debora cannot live without are pen and paper. A former photojournalist, Debora has written breaking news and human interest stories for newspapers and for corporate and military magazines. Debora has an innate ability to pinpoint a client’s unique skills and create a resume which highlights those skills effectively. When not helping clients market themselves better (and when not indulging in her weakness – dark chocolate), this avid runner can be found hitting the pavement in her neighbourhood.


Tudor Robins
CareerJoy Certified Analyst and Resume Coach
Tudor credits the adventure of becoming a mother with giving her the strength and courage to take the big (and somewhat intimidating) step of writing for a living. She feels her degrees in English Literature and Journalism and years of accumulated experience in the publishing industry are being put to good use every time she sees her work in print. Tudor enjoys writing anything that tells a story and considers resumes to be the ultimate “short story” of a person’s life. When not crafting resumes or magazine features, Tudor is engaged in embracing her second childhood as she experiences life through the eyes of her two little boys

Amy Dixon - LLB, BA 
CareerJoy Certified Analyst and Resume Coach
After eight years plodding through her legal career, Amy decided to try doing something she loved for a change: writing. Since leaving her practice, Amy's been actively writing full-time. She is also studying the art of writing in its many forms at both the University of Toronto and George Brown College. Amy's passionate about the idea of 'doing what you love' for a living and she's thrilled to be able to use her writing skills to help others achieve this same goal.

Gena Gibson
CareerJoy Certified Resume Coach
Gena's entire 20-year career has been spent at community newspapers, from a cub reporter in Manotick to the owner of a small weekly newspaper in Lanark, Ont. In that time, she's had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing many people from all walks of life, learned their stories, and shared those stories to the reading public. She's following the same path with CareerJoy – taking clients' career histories, turning them into compelling stories and offering them to potential employers.
 
Miranda Vande KuytMiranda Vande Kuyt- BRE
CareerJoy Certified Coach
Miranda has been working in the career development field for over 10 years.  She started out completing a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry with additional course work in career development.  This led to work as a job search coach with teens and then adults.  With a few cross-country moves under her belt Miranda harnessed her entrepreneurial spirit to create a borderless career for herself that sees her consulting for companies across Canada in various aspects of the career development field.  For the last several years Miranda has been writing about career development and self-employment for several blogs, websites, magazines, and social media outlets.  As a career coach, she gets excited about helping others consider possibilities and create strategies to find career and life fulfillment.

Brittany Knapp - BSc 
Client Services Manager
With experience in client services, events, administration, communication, management, marketing and sales, Brittany has enjoyed exploring a variety of fields that incorporate her love for details and working with people. In the past, Brittany has successfully launched and operated an award-winning floral and event design business in Ottawa, and has also managed events at five star hotels in New York City, and taught and directed at a floral design school in Manhattan. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a specialization in Management as a well as professional Wedding Planning and Floral Design certificates. With a passion for superior client service and a knack for creative solutions, Brittany enjoys being the initial point of contact for CareerJoy’s customers.   

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